Fast becoming one of the most recognisable faces in classical music, Sheku has been in constant demand from major orchestras and concert halls worldwide following his BBC Young Musician win in 2016. In January 2018, his debut album Inspiration, released on Decca Classics, reached number 18 in the Official UK Album Charts and number 1 in the Classical chart; last May saw Sheku play at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and, a month later, he was the recipient of two Classic BRIT Awards, winning Male Artist of the Year and a Critics’ Choice award.
Future Talent, a music charity co-founded in 2004 by the Duchess of Kent and Nicholas Robinson, supports gifted young musicians up to the age of eighteen from challenging backgrounds who need guidance to enable them to flourish on their musical journey. It offers help through a Young Musicians Development Programme which provides bespoke performance and development opportunities, guidance and mentoring. The charity also offers financial assistance for music lessons and courses. Future Talent currently supports fifty young musicians from all parts of the UK, the majority of which are on its Development Programme and a few younger musicians are on the Fledgling Programme.
Sheku has a proven track record in support of music education, inspiring young musicians on several platforms. Last year he donated £3,000 to his former secondary school in Nottingham to ensure the continuation of cello lessons for ten students at the school. He is also London Music Masters’ Junior Ambassador, promoting access and diversity in classical music.
HRH Highness the Duchess of Kent said: “We are delighted to have Sheku on board at Future Talent as a role model for our young musicians. With his help we will continue to inspire and encourage talent and enable young people to flourish and believe in themselves."
"There should no barriers to enabling young musicians to succeed and I am delighted to be an Ambassador for Future Talent,” said Sheku. “I am very happy to do what I can to support the work of the charity in developing musical talent where it is needed most.”